Robber targeting women in Washington Heights

June 17, 2011 8:10:05 PM PDT
Police in Manhattan are searching for a brazen robber who's targeting women in Washington Heights. He's struck twice already, once inside of an elevator.

The first robbery happened in Washington Heights on Saturday, June 4th around 2 a.m.

The suspect grabbed a 26-year-old woman as she walked into her apartment building, pushed her into a wall and demanded her cell phone.

She gave him her phone and he ran away.

The victim suffered a cut to her eye, but was treated at the scene.

Then, just five days later on June 9th, the suspect struck again at 11:50 a.m. also in Washington Heights.

A 29-year-old woman was inside of the elevator in her apartment building, when the suspect got inside and pushed her against the wall as the doors closed.

The man demanded her cell phone and began to punch her, but she fought back.

When the elevator door opened, the suspect took off without getting her phone.

She received several bruises, but recovered from her injuries.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, about 5'8"-5'10" tall, weighing 200-220 lbs, and is partially bald and has a slight beard.

Anyone with information in regards to these robberies is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting by your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.